Archive for year 2007

“Birthright” is online!

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The Victorian era film I did, “Birthright“, is now online for viewing. I think I explained before how this was the team that won the Austin round of the 48 hour Film competition and so this was the next round where we compete nationally. On Friday evening we received our Genre, certain props, story points, and a details that we had to use. As the director said, I’m not sure how much sense it will make to anyone not in on all the details we were saddled with, and quite frankly, I’m kind of worried that they might just throw us out for not fulfilling the requirements they gave us (whether or not we met some of the requirements could be argued and hard to “prove” either way; for example, our genre was “comedy/action/adventure” and I’m not so sure I would say it meets that; we were also supposed to have “adhesive tape” in the film and while we technically did in the scene where she cuts open a package, I don’t know if that’s obvious enough to the judges.)
I also composed and recorded the score for the film in a couple of hours on Sunday.

I got the role? Really?

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I had two auditions recently that I didn’t necessarily feel very good about. One of them was a film that had auditions two days in a row. I couldn’t make it the first day but I heard there were a lot of people who showed up. I was there first thing on the second day and the director was finishing up his lunch. His casting director wasn’t there but he went ahead and auditioned me anyway. He didn’t have a camera there which was unusual since people usually record auditions. In addition he read all the other parts opposite me so most of the time he was looking at the paper, I thought, and so I was worried that he couldn’t really watch my performance. I figured if I was going to be cast it would have be from his memory since there would be no footage and his casting director wasn’t there to give her input. I wasn’t sure how that would work. I could see the director talking to his casting director, “I want to cast this guy as Mike. You’ve never seen him. He came in while you weren’t there. There’s no camera footage of him, but trust me, he’ll be a great Mike.” I at least felt generally good about my performance though. I got the email yesterday that I got the part.
My second audition was more unsettling. Initially the director had sent me the first 20 pages and asked if it sounded like something I would be interested in. I said it was and then never heard anything else other than the open audition dates. I showed up figuring they would have some audition sides there for people to read. When I went in it became apparent that he expected me to have something prepared from the script. I think another general notice had gone out with links to audition sides, but the link had been problematic for a lot of people and I had never seen the sides. I had seen the first 20 pages but since it was just to see if I would be interested in the script so I didn’t think I’d be expected to just memorize the first 20 pages. It was kind of an awkward exchange and I felt really uncomfortable because I like to be very professional and prepared and I felt like I looked really unprofessional and unprepared.
The director was very gracious and fished out some bits for me to read. After the audition he told me he’d like me to send him some additional pictures mainly because he envisioned the character differently (possibly obese, maybe with glasses) so he wanted to see some other looks on me since he said he likes to go with the best actor more than a particular look. Though he was very gracious, I didn’t leave feeling very hopeful about that role.
I got the email today offering me the role. I guess you just never know!

We have a Wii

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We had been planning to get a Nintendo Wii someday but that happened yesterday when a friend of ours had the chance to pick up one of 60 Wiis that Best Buy had received. He didn’t want one but knew that we did so we had him grab it. We should be picking it up from him tonight.
Just what I need! Something else to stop my productivity. We’ve played with our friend’s Wii (saucy!) so we know the fun in store for us. Come visit! Play with our Wii!

I’m taking up smoking…

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…for one scene in the short film I’m filming tonight. I’d rather not but I think it was inevitable that at some point in my career I would have to smoke in a scene. I’m just hoping that I can make it look believable and no cough my guts out. They liked my current facial hair configuration (leftover from my Victorian shoot, sideburns and mustache but not chin hair, whatever that’s called)so I’m keeping it at least until Monday. I play a car thief mentoring a younger thief.

iPhones

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So I think the iPhone is very pretty and has some pretty cool “wow” factors. It’s way too expensive though and I read a pretty thorough review that highlighted a lot of the shortcomings too. I really love my phone but lately I’ve really been wanting something that I could use to check my Google calendar too so that when I’m at an audition or something and ask “are you available on these dates?” I don’t have to say “I’ll tell you when I get home and check my calendar.”
A guy on the film shoot today had one. They are very sleek but I really don’t think I would like it anywhere near enough to justify that kind of price tag.

Blog clog!

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I want to blog about stuff. And yet I don’t. Yet I do. Dilemma. I may need to consult da Grr.
We so need a Nintendo Wii.
We have an Xbox 360 which is way cool too. I just saw a commercial for Call of Duty 4. Must go pick that up!
The last set of my “expert” career on Guitar Hero III is BRUTAL! It’s totally kicking my ass. Tried many times to get through “Rain of Blood” and failed every time. I decided to move on to “Cliffs of Dover” but can’t even make it through the intro. I 4 starred “Number of the Beast” though, so that’s cool. Then I tried “One” and completely bit it once it reached the really fast solo part. Looks like I might have to break down and use the “practice” mode to complete it.
Got cast in r another short film filming this Sunday night. I will play a car thief mentoring an aspiring thief. I’ll be keeping my Victorian facial hair for the part. They liked it.
So, yeah, I want to blog about stuff. And yet I don’t.

Surprise ending

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Last night Iskra texted me to tell me that a bunch of people from the crew of a movie she’s working on were going out to a bar for a friend’s birthday. Since I knew this friend and many of the crew, I considered meeting them. At first I didn’t want to go. It’s hard for me to overcome my inertia and besides, I’m not big on bars, especially since I suspected this little hole in the wall would be one of the places that ignores the smoking band and let’s people smoke anyway. I decided to drop by for just a little while and say hi. I was right about the smoking but luckily it wasn’t too bad in there. One of the people on the crew is a guy named Jon who worked one the short films I’d just finished. We’d hit it off pretty well on the short film and both Larry and I thought he was a cool guy.
As soon as I walked in, he was the first one I saw and we immediately started talking. I don’t think we stopped for the next few hours. He’s also a musician so we talked at length and in depth about all things musical. From there things got deeper and more personal and by then of the night I found myself kind of surprised at the level of conversation I’d just had with someone that I didn’t know all that well. It was one of those cool genuine moments of connection that so rarely come along in life. It was a welcome respite. I think we be kindred spirits.

Dysfunctional

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One of the worst side effects of my current life turmoil is that I feel almost completely unable to function. I seem to have absolutely no capacity for productivity. My attention span is non-existent. I’ve taken to sleeping in the living room on the couch because I need the TV on all night to keep my brain distracted enough to allow me to get even a few hours of sleep a night. This is, needless to say, not good for many reasons including the fact that I have various projects I need to get on with and I just can’t find the will or energy to do so. I seem to exist in a state of stasis in a grey and black void.
This is where I really love acting. Acting comes so easily to me and really makes me happy. I just walk on set, do my thing and then I’m done. I don’t have to worry about any of the preparations, logistics, etc., that come with my own projects. Sure I have to learn my lines and find my character and all that but comparatively, it seems so much easier. It’s the one thing that still works even in my current state of utter uselessness. Now if I could just get huge gobs of money to act in other people’s projects I’d be all set! Well at least more set than I am currently.

Random ramblings

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In many ways Autumn/Winter are my favorite time of the year. Always has been. Strangely though, it always seems to be a time of the year when I am much more pensive and emotional. Really in touch with my emotions and passions. For obvious reasons I am absolutely dreading the next several months. Please send all the good vibes, Wiccan spells, prayers and thoughts you can muster.
I am really digging the new show “Journeyman”. It’s easy to write it off as a “Quantum Leap” ripoff but I really think it has its own thing going.
I’m almost done with my “Expert” Guitar Hero III career. Next month, ROCK BAND! That game is going to be awesome.
Owen Wilson, I understand, man. Call me if you want to talk.
Uh, yeah. I think that’s it for now. He’s Chevy Chase and I’m not. I am outta here!

User registration

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So thanks to Jess I discovered a little quirk here since I upgraded to MT4. If you previously commented using Typekey then you may have had a problem trying to register here now (Movable Type now has built in registration so you don’t have to use typekey if you don’t want to). I’ve cleared out the database entries so if anyone previously tried to register but received “a user with that name already exists” then you should be able to register now if you so choose. Otherwise typekey still works as do LiveJournal logins, OpenID and Vox logins.
Let me know of any wonkiness you encounter.

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